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I have a new build coming up...in maybe 6 days or so. I'd like to get cable sleeving, case mods, and all the latest and greatest in. But at the same time I'd like to enjoy all of my hardware.

At the moment I have a 1080p Samsung 2233SW. its from ~5 years ago I believe. So, should I invest in some less-powerful components so I can invest in some more/better screens?
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post #2 of 15
Personal preference. I'd buy the hardware first and get a better screen later on.
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post #3 of 15
Better screen later on because as soon as you get the nice screen you will want the power to push all those pixels the best you can. At least that's how I was after getting a 1440p monitor and immediately wanted more graphics power.
     
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post #4 of 15
Depends on the monitor biggrin.gif
1080p/1200p is small chips.

Games like Skryim, Dragon Age, Reckoning KoA, WoW, SC2, RTS games etc are a different & superior experience at 1440/1600p.
Shooters ain't to bad either devil.gif.
I experience little to no motion blur and there are faster ones then mine. (7MS G2G)
Edited by amstech - 5/28/13 at 4:29pm
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post #5 of 15
100% yes. Chances are if you buy a high quality monitor that it will last you through several builds, and your monitor is the one component you are using pretty much 100% every time you use your computer.

I went from a 19" CRT, 1600x1200, to a Samsung 226BW 22" 1680x1050, to a Dell UltraSharp IPS panel 30" 2560x1600, and now use one of the Korean IPS 27" 2560x1440. Those IPS panel, high resolution monitors are amazing and I would NEVER go back to TN, 1080 or less.

Of course not everyone feels the same, but the image quality and detail in a high resolution IPS panel is phenomenal. I can not recommend enough.
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post #6 of 15
Keep in mind that a monitor is only as good as the stuff that is displayed in it. If it is low quality going it, the monitor won't make it look significantly better. Invest in the hardware first so that when you get a better monitor, it'll look great out of the box.
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Depends what you would have to sacrifice and what you want to upgrade mainly (size and/or resolution/other). Personally, as a single monitor user going from a 19" to 25" was one of the best upgrade decisions I ever made and these days you can get a 27" monitor for $200 (less than what I payed for my 25" years ago sad-smiley-002.gif) so i'd probably recommend making the "sacrifice". Is there anything wrong with your current monitor?

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post #8 of 15
(Same guy. Realized I was on account from a long time ago I forgot existed)

Its pretty much between these two options :
I7 4770K + GTX 670s SLI

OR

I7 3770K + GTX 670 + New Display Setup + Being butthurt because I have last gen tech

OR

Some other compromise



There's noting wrong with the screen I have now....I just feel like I'm missing out.
Edited by TehOnlyMITTENS - 5/28/13 at 4:39pm
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post #9 of 15
Depends. If all you do is game get the hardware first screen later. If you do other things with your computer where you could benefit from multiple screens (the new one and your old one) then I would go that route first.
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post #10 of 15
What about picking components up on the marketplace here to save money for the screen?
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